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What were the advantages of having a Touch‐Plate lighting system installed in a home? Are new systems still installed today?

Having a Touch‐Plate® system installed in your home provides a combination of convenience, security, and energy savings. A big savings can be gained in wire expense, as much smaller wire is used with low voltage. That was a primary reason Touch‐Plate systems were installed initially. Also the ability to control lights all over a home or building without actually having to be in that room was an unheard of concept in the 1940’s‐1950’s. This feature alone became a huge desire for home and business owners as it allowed an ease of control and promoted energy savings and efficiency.  Technology has greatly changed since the 1940’s. There is still a dollar savings as far as the wire expense goes; however, low voltage systems are installed today primarily for energy savings, building automation, and greater control capability. Advanced Touch‐Plate systems allow timing control, day‐lighting, dimming, scheduling, and scene control. Also our web interface allows the lighting system to be programmed, monitored, and controlled from a browser based device like a Smartphone or Tablet.
General Notes:

  • Two relays will not operate from a single button press in systems prior to 1986; they were designed to operate one at a time.
  • 3‐Way, 4‐Way and even 5‐Way switching is a standard feature of low voltage control systems. Almost all original Touch‐Plate installations have multiple switches controlling the same relay.
  • Never attempt to replace a low voltage Touch‐Plate switch with a high voltage toggle switch (maintain / latching style). This will cause the system to immediately fail.
  • Painted switch plate covers, cracked covers, and wall‐papered covers are very vulnerable to sticking. We recommend replacing these stations to avoid a stuck switch scenario. Keeping your switches in good condition is a necessary step in retaining a working system.
  • An existing system requires only one transverter to operate. There is no limit on the number of relays one transverter can power as it simply switches them one at a time.

Category: Touch‐Plate systems dated 1946‐1985

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Touch-Plate Lighting Controls

1830 Wayne Trace
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Phone: 260.426.1565
Fax: 260.426.1442